Fourth of July Party Tips
Looking to keep things festive and kid-friendly this Fourth of July? Us too. So, we asked L.A.-based caterer Annie Campbell and event stylist Amy Blessing to show us how to throw an ice cream social.
"Even though ice cream is the star of this show, I wanted to make sure everything felt festive. I used a star-shaped cookie cutter to make watermelon stars and added some blueberries and cherries for color and shape." —Annie
“Water feels like a treat when you add floating berries and a cute straw.” —Annie
The Recipe: Ice Cream Social
Chocolate chip cookies
Red, white and blue sprinkles
Ice cream, softened
Let the ice cream soften. Take a cookie and spread the ice cream across it. Using a second cookie, make a sandwich. Let the kids roll the sandwiches in sprinkles or any other type of small candy. These hold up well in the freezer so make extra.
"When planning crafts for younger kids, I like to keep things simple: No small pieces they can swallow, no glitter to vacuum off the rug and definitely no permanent markers. These wands are fun, festive and virtually mess-free." —Amy
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The Craft: Party Wands
Wooden dowels from a hardware store
Small screw hooks
Using a handsaw, cut the dowels into two-foot pieces. Drill the screw hooks into the tops of the wands and decorate them using washi tape and ribbons.
Follow Annie Campbell and Amy Blessing on Instagram @annielcampbell and @amyanneblessing.